Recommended For Hysterectomy
Hysterectomy surgery is prescribed for women experiencing one or more of the following medical problems:
Not Recommended For Hysterectomy
● Uterine fibrosis which can show bleeding, pain or other medical problems
● Uterine prolapsed – sliding of the uterus into the vaginal canal
● Cancer of the ovaries, cervix or uterus
● Chronic pelvic pain
● Adenomyosis – a thickening of the uterus
● Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Hysterectomy surgery for non-cancerous health problems is just thought to be after all other treatment options have failed.
Hysterectomy operation is not suggested for patients who had one or more of the following:
Discharge From Hospital
● Uterine size greater than 280 g
● Previous multiple pelvic or abdominal surgeries
● Advanced uterine malignancies
● Advanced cervical malignancies
● Ovarian malignancies
This procedure is also not suggested for patients wanting to have children in the future or patients experiencing morbid obesity.
Patient is required to stay 2 to 5 nights in the hospital
Duration Of Operation
2 to 4 hours
2 to 4 weeks
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Fallopian tubes, ovaries, and cervix may be removed as well throughout this operation, together with other surrounding tissue.
Gynecologists are the ones who generally perform hysterectomy surgery. Hysterectomy procedure may be:
● Total Hysterectomy surgery
The body of the uterus is removed, together with the cervix and fundus. A complete hysterectomy is also another way to call.
● Partial Hysterectomy surgery
The body of the uterus is removed; on the other hand, the cervix is left untouched. Supracervical hysterectomy is also another way to call.
● Radical Hysterectomy surgery
The uterus is removed, together with any adjacent tissue. The cervix and the top part of the vagina are also removed. Radical hysterectomy is generally performed on patients experiencing cancer. In this procedure, the ovaries might also be removed – this type of surgery is called oophorectomy.
The most common gynecological procedure is hysterectomy surgery – over 600.000 operations are carried out yearly in the United States only. Hysterectomy operation could also be carried out before or as a part of sex reassignment operation for trans men. It is generally performedin conjunction with hormone replacement.
Smoking is needed to be stopped for a month before the hysterectomy operation. The gynecological surgeon needs to be aware of any medications that the patient might be taking, just as supplements or herbal teas. Hysterectomy operation cannot be carried out before or during menstruation.
How It Is Performed
Hysterectomy operation is generally carried out under general anesthesia, but it can be done by using various techniques.Some of the most common techniques include:
Abdominal hysterectomy surgery
● No limitations by the size of the uterus
● It can be joined with incontinence operation
● The highest rate of potential complications
● Longest recovery period
● Longest hospital stay
Vaginal hysterectomy surgery
● Shortest operation time
● Short recovery period
● It can be joined with a reduction method
● It can be restricted by the size of the uterus or previousoperation
● Highest blood loss
Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy operation
● The low danger of developing a complication
● Shorter recovery hysterectomy recovery period
● Less blood loss
● Approximately 15% of patients will keep on have menstrual bleeding
Total laparoscopic hysterectomy operation
● Limited blood loss ● The shorter hysterectomy recovery period
Total laparoscopic hysterectomy operation has no known disadvantages.
The hysterectomy recovery period relies on the method used. Patients can leave the hospital in 2 to 5 days. Patients can generally turn back to work in approximately 10-12 weeks, relying on the nature of their profession.
Hysterectomy operation risks and complications can include:
● Excessive bleeding
● Urinary incontinence
● Vaginal prolapse
● Chronic pain
● Fistula formation
● Blood clots formation
● Injury to surrounding organs
The side effects of hysterectomy operation can include:
● Pain and discomfort
● Slight bleeding and vaginal discharge
Hysterectomy reviews set the average success rate at 98.2%.
Before And After
If the ovaries were removed while in the hysterectomy operation, the patient will enter menopause. If not, menopause will start at an earlier age. Women ought to avoid heavy lifting for at least 6 weeks after the operation.
- When can I have sexual intercourse after hysterectomy?
Patients can engage in sexual activities around 6 weeks after the operation.
- Are there any precautions I need to take during the hysterectomy recovery period?
Patients need to avoid driving or using any type of public transport while they are in the hysterectomy recovery period. Lifting heavy objects also must to be avoided, just as running or jumping.
- When can I continue exercise or sports?
Back To Work
Patients can continue sports or exercise once the hysterectomy recovery period is finished.
Back To Sports
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in August, 2019.